Have you ever worried that someone might share your intimate images online without your consent? Or has this already happened to you? If so, you are not alone. Non-consensual intimate image (NCII) abuse, also known as revenge porn, image-based sexual abuse, is a serious and growing problem that affects millions of people around the world.
Fortunately, there is a new tool that can help you take control of your intimate images and prevent them from being shared online. It is called StopNCII.org, and it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create digital fingerprints of your images and block them from being uploaded or distributed on participating platforms. In this article, we will explain what StopNCII.org is, how it works, what are its benefits.
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What is StopNCII.org and Why is it Important?
StopNCII.org is a free tool that helps victims of non-consensual intimate image (NCII) abuse, also known as revenge porn. NCII abuse is when someone shares your nude or sexual images or videos without your consent, often to harm or blackmail you. The tool is important because it empowers you to take action before your intimate images are shared online without your consent, or to remove them if they are already shared.
It also helps to prevent the further spread and harm of your images, as well as to reduce the demand and supply of NCII abuse. The tool is based on the principle of consent, which means that you have the right to decide who can see and share your intimate images, and that no one else can violate that right without your permission.
How StopNCII.org Works
The tool works by generating a hash from your intimate image(s)/video(s). A hash is a unique code that identifies an image or a video, similar to a fingerprint. The hash is the only file that is shared with StopNCII.org and the participating companies, not the image or video itself. Your content remains on your device and is not uploaded or saved on the StopNCII.org website.
The tool then shares the hash with the participating companies so they can help detect and remove the images from being shared online. The tool also periodically looks for matches to the hash on the participating websites and notifies you if any are found.
How to use StopNCII.org
Using StopNCII.org is simple and easy. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Visit the official website of StopNCII.org and read and understand the information and instructions provided. Make sure you meet the criteria for using the tool, such as being the person in the image, being 18 or older, and having the image or video on your device.
- You select any intimate image(s)/video(s) from your device that you want to remove from the internet.
- StopNCII.org will generate a digital fingerprint of the image(s)/video(s) on your device, without uploading the actual content. This fingerprint is called a hash and it is unique to your image(s)/video(s).
- If your case is created successfully, you will receive a case number and a PIN to check your case status. Make a note of these details, as they are not recoverable.
- The hash will be sent to participating companies, such as social media platforms, that have agreed to cooperate with StopNCII.org. These companies will look for matches to the hash and remove any matches within their systems if it violates their intimate image abuse policy.
- StopNCII.org will periodically continue to look for fingerprint matches on participating websites and update you on the progress of your case. You can also withdraw your case at any time.
Benefits of StopNCII.org
It has many benefits for victims of NCII abuse, as well as for the society at large. Some of the benefits are:
- It is a free and easy-to-use tool that works on your device without uploading your content.
- Gives you control over your intimate images and videos and allows you to prevent or stop their unauthorized sharing online.
- Helps you to protect your privacy, dignity, reputation, and safety from the negative impacts of NCII abuse, such as blackmail, harassment, bullying, discrimination, and trauma.
- Reduces the exposure and harm of your images and videos to yourself and others, such as your family, friends, colleagues, and potential employers.
- It is operated by a trusted charity that supports victims of non-consensual intimate image abuse.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is StopNCII.org Safe and Secure to use?
Yes, it is safe and secure to use. It does not upload or save your images or videos on its website, only the hashes. The hashes are encrypted and anonymized to protect your privacy.
Who Operates StopNCII.org?
StopNCII.org is operated by the Revenge Porn Helpline, which is part of SWGfL, a charity that believes that everyone should benefit from technology, free from harm.
StopNCII.org is a groundbreaking tool that uses AI to remove your intimate images online and prevent them from being shared without your consent. It is a free, easy, and effective way to protect your privacy and dignity from the harm of NCII abuse. However, it is not a magic bullet that can solve the problem of NCII abuse alone. It has some limitations and challenges that you should be aware of and prepared for.
It is also important to remember that NCII abuse is not your fault, and that you are not alone. There are many people and resources that can help you cope and recover from this ordeal. If you or someone you know is a victim of NCII abuse, do not hesitate to use StopNCII.org or contact the Revenge Porn Helpline or other support services for assistance.